This is a very quick review of our Carnival Miracle cruise - it is not good I'm afraid, and it is our personal experience, but here we go...
Firstly embarkation. Very long process, waiting and then queuing in hot weather There was water provided but it tasted like the swimming baths so was not very appealing. In fact all the water on Carnival tastes a bit swimming pool ish
The Cabin. The cabin shook the whole 7 days we were there - even when we were in Puerto Vallerta for 2 days and not moving! Whether you were in bed, on the toilet, on the balcony, you could not get away from the vibrating room. It may have been a feature of the entire run of cabins along side ours, but I would check very carefully before having a cabin anywhere near this one. I am not overly sensitive, but by the end of the week it was making me feel ill.
The food: the buffet was 2.5 star if that. The only good thing was the pizza - everything else was distinctly below average. Also, they made half of the dishes at breakfast inaccessible by having them in containers behind others with a glass panel in front of you. So if you wanted beans or tomatoes for example, you had to shout to ask for some help as without the arms of Stretch Armstrong you simply could not reach the dishes. Unfortunately due to the lack of staff, this would take some time. The main dining room was slightly better but only just - I would say 3 star, but certainly not for every meal. My husband was served a piece of Prime Rib on the last night which he turned over and was faced with something out of a horror movie - no decent chef would have let that leave their kitchen. Bar service at the tables was completely hit and miss, the waiting staff, the same. The only shining light in the dining room were the front of house ladies, who were efficient, professional and ensured a smooth transition to our table even at the busiest of times - shame the food wasn't up to much when we got there.
Drinks: We had the unlimited bubbles packages and for reasons best known to Carnival every time we had a soda, we had to sign a receipt for $0.00 - what is the point? - what a waste of paper and time. Most bar staff were at best unfriendly and at worst, rude.
Lunchtime and breakfast was a fight, first to get a table, then by the time you had got a drink from the bar, your lunch/breakfast was cold. The whole process is just poor.
The entertainment was again, average. The cruise director, who was English, was just not very entertaining. The shows were average at best. The trivia which we enjoy was abundant with four or so trivia each day, however there was no competitive element; the host of the trivia was very funny and in our opinion wasted on a Carnival Ship - he should have his own show on you tube - but there was no swapping of papers for marking or any attempt to make it a competitive environment. People just shouted out what they had got and if they said the highest number they won a plastic ship.
The fabric of the ship - the ship was tired, old fashioned with decor from an eighties night club. The highlights of the ship for us was the lady at the Fountainhead Cafe - who Carnival should give an immediate raise to - she was professional, pleasant and friendly and also the staff at the shore excursions desk were helpful and friendly.
We have previously cruised with Celebrity, Princess and Royal Caribbean - all of which were 100% better than Carnival - maybe we were unlucky with the ship but sorry we will never cruise Carnival again.
In need of refurbishment. But as stated in main review, the overiding issue with it was the constant shake.
We were approached by our steward on the first day asking us when we wanted her to clean our room and that it would just be one time a day. I think this is a bit unusual/
We didn't actually have our cabin cleaned until day 3 out of 7.